Honda grows heritage fleet with S800 project
Honda has commissioned a restoration project on a 1967 S800 to mark its 50th anniversary of selling four-wheeled vehicles in the UK next year.
The S800 was the first car Honda sold in the UK and production finished in May 1970 with almost 12,000 produced. Honda did not manufacture another S roadster for nearly 30 years until the release of the S2000.
The Japanese manufacturer is hoping work will be completed ready to show off at the Goodwood Revival in September next year. The project takes Honda’s heritage fleet to 14 with models including a first-generation 1972 Civic 1.3 Deluxe in Carnaby Yellow, as used in the UK brochure, and a 1989 NSX 3.0 Auto.
Honda is working in partnership with Le Riche Automobile Restorers in Jersey. The Channel Island-based business was actually the owner of the S800 before it was spotted by Philip Crossman, Honda’s UK managing director, on Le Riche’s trade show stand at Goodwood 2015.
Joe Castellino, joint owner and director of Le Riche, tells CCW: ‘It caught Philip’s eye, as he knew it would be a great addition to Honda’s heritage fleet of vehicles. He made an offer to buy it and asked us to take it on as a restoration project.’ Tom Seymour